It’s back to school time already (can you believe it?!) and that means it’s time to help our children get ready for school work and homework. Preparation and organization really does lead to success in learning. One of the best ways to start the new school year is gathering all the supplies your child will need to complete homework and today I’m going to show you how to organize homework supplies for FREE.
Hi, Susan from Organized 31, here. I’m the proud mother of three and a parent educator. I’ve taught many, many parents how to help their children with homework without doing it for them. One of the first things you can do is set up a homework routine and location. A big part of setting up a homework location is organizing the necessary homework supplies. Since we will be funding three college educations, I am always on the look out for ways to repurpose items so that I can organize my family for free. Organizing homework supplies doesn’t have to be expensive to help you stay organized this school year.
If you’re like I am, you are too busy right now getting back into your school routine for a complicated organization project, so in addition to being free this is a quick and easy project.
- Plastic berry, fruit or lettuce containers – I even found a grape container that had a Frozen label on it. Keep your eyes open and you’ll find usable and cute free containers.
- Decorative paper
- Decoupage glue
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Label maker or permanent marker
Simply cut your decorative paper to fit the lid of the container and decoupage it to the lid. I usually remove the labels, but you can decoupage over the label to make your project even easier.
For the container with the Frozen label, I just covered the text of the label and left the picture visible.
A blueberry container is the perfect size to hold crayons.
The Frozen container originally held grapes and it larger than the blueberry container. It’s roomy enough to hold larger homework supplies. When you take the time to personalize the organization containers, your children will be more excited about using their supplies and doing their homework.
Labeling the containers is a great trick to encourage your child’s reading skills. Your child will learn to recognize the words on the label by sight and understand their meaning by associating the words with the contents in the container. Be sure to point out the words and read them with your child several times when you first introduce your child to the containers.
In about 5 minutes plus drying time, you can make personalized organization containers to organize your homework supplies for free. An added benefit is that these organization containers are easily transported so your children can take them to their homework location.
Be sure to check out more great back-to-school ideas from Susan over on her blog.
Tips for an Organized Lunchbox Station
How to Fold Socks 4 Different Ways
Contributors// General// Kids// OrganizingLeave a Comment
Resources >> Browse Articles >> Fostering Study & Homework Skills
8 Ways to Help Students Frozen by Fear of Failure
Many of my students have failed so much already that they are so discouraged. Many of them had given up and were either withdrawn or were behavior problems. Many of them feared failing again – one more time- and they just couldn’t deal with that again. They already felt they weren’t good enough, was told they didn’t study enough, eres accused of being lazy etc.
I decided I needed to come up with a strategy to help them overcome this fear. Of course, not one of them would ever admit that they were afraid of anything so I had to make sure I kept the words “fear” and “afraid” out of any conversation. Here are some of the things that I would do.
1. Give them short assignments on their level that they could be successful doing.
2. Once they succeeded, ask them to help others who needed help. (great confidence booster)
3. Keep a close watch so as soon as I read any body language that there was a problem, I swooped in to prompt and encourage so they could get the right answers.
4. As they became successful and more confident, move to a more difficult level (but do it in small steps)
5. If they get the wrong answer, help them discover how to get the right answer. Then ask them to try again and give lots of praise when they arrive at the correct answer.
6. Don’t make such a big deal about making mistakes but make lots of fuss about getting it correct.
7. When they get stuck and refuse to go any further, stop and calmly discuss their feelings with them. Ask them – “What is the worse thing that can happen if you try? So you get the wrong answer. I’m here to help you get it right so don’t worry!” Now is the time to use the “afraid” word – “What are you afraid of?” Usually that will get them annoyed enough to try because they have to prove that they aren’t afraid of anything. Of course I need to stay close by so I can help them be successful.
8. As they achieve more and more success, I can back off and let them work more on their own. Once they feel confident, the mistakes just don’t seem as bad as they did and they will try harder and harder things.
When I mention that I need to help them be successful, I don’t mean that I give them the answers. I might steer them into using the right process or help them figure out how to arrive at the right answer. Many times if there is a process that needs to be followed, I post the steps up in the classroom so we can go over each one as they are completed. Once the students gets used to going through the process with my guidance, they usually can get it on their own.
Patience is the key to my student’s success. Students are very sensitive to any impatient tone of voice or body language that I use and they will shut down. I make it very clear to them that I am there to help them and they need to make me earn my money (I’m not talking about the kid who is too lazy to do their work. I’m talking about the ones who really want to succeed and are frozen with fear. You can usually tell the difference.) They usually appreciate when I say this and let me know they are asking for help, only because they feel they are “helping” me do my job.
Flag as inappropriateEmail to Friend
Pat Hensley retired after 27 years of teaching in the classroom. She currently teaches graduate courses as an adjunct instructor for Furman University. She was chosen 2006 Teacher of the Year for her school and a district Top 10 Finalist (out of 5000 teachers). She is Nationally Board Certified as an Exceptional Needs Specialist and is on the National Board of Directors for the Council for Exceptional Children. Pat comments on education and her experiences at Successful Teaching.